Erica and I just spent a busy few weeks visiting family and friends over in the UK, and it was wonderful to see everyone. My family all get on wonderfully with each other, but my two brothers and I have always lived in different places and this Christmas was the first time we have all been together for Christmas in about 20 years.

It was awesome. I feel privileged to have such a wonderful and caring family. We miss them all, but are happy to be back home in California after such a hectic trip.

So here we are at the beginning of 2012 and many of us are in the frame of mind about new ambitions for the coming year. Some people have been sharing their new year’s resolutions, and I wanted to share a few of mine outside of the obvious passion to put my family first and be the best husband, son, and brother I can be. I am blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people, and I want to be there for all of them in the best possible way.

In terms of new resolutions, firstly I want to get fitter. I am not particularly out of shape and have a reasonably healthy diet, but I want to amp it up, get healthier, practice a regular exercise routine, and tone up. I will be tracking this with the awesome Fitbit, who assure me that Linux support for syncing data is coming, although their have gone a little dark when I ask when. Come on Fitbit, show us some love. :-)

Me in 2012.

Related to this in part is my second resolution that I want to learn how to cook. I am a terrible cook. I want to learn how to cook some healthier food, but I am particularly interested in continuing to learn how to grill. Grilling is a big cultural part of California, and I started learning how to cook steak, kabobs, veggies, and some other things last autumn, but I want to ramp this up to the next level. I am particularly interested in learning how to smoke some brisket.

This image has not influenced my resolution at all. Honest.

2012 is going to be the year of Ubuntu. 2011 was a year filled with great progress, tough decisions, and renewed focus, but 2012 is going to be where we really shine. Speaking personally of my team at Canonical, we could not be stronger; we have the unstoppable Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro, and David Planella, and we will be joined by Nicholas Skaggs and Michael Hall to complete the line-up. The team is raring to go, we have a strong strategy in place, and 2012 will all be about growth, efficiency, and continuing to grow and a fun and inspiring community.

Finally, 2012 will see the new Severed Fifth album released, the second edition of The Art of Community and no-doubt plenty of other fun (and some likely slightly bonkers) projects. I have a few charity projects I am interesting in doing in 2012 too that I didn’t have the time for last year. Who knows where the year will take us?

Anyway, enough rambling, let’s roll. :-)

  • https://launchpad.net/~mhall119 Michael Hall

    I can help you out with the brisket, but you’re not going to be able to do it with a grill

  • http://patzerseescheck.blogspot.com/ HarveyKelly

    2012 is going to be the year of Ubuntu.

    Betcha it won’t.

  • Martin Owens

    Happy new year Jono; England was fun for Christmas, not as much on TV as I would have liked this year. But happy to back in the USA and home with the little one and wife.

    For Ubuntu, I’m hoping that we can get out of this rut we seem to have gotten ourselves in. Hopefully the new recruits will pull us out of our 2009 recession in fun. Come on Jono, please make 2012 a fun year to be involved in the Ubuntu community with less emphasis on hard work and more focus on enjoying the camaraderie and spirit of making a great operating system for all kinds of users.

  • Chris Coulson

     Well, it won’t be if we all think like this. Thankfully, the people actually working on Ubuntu are much more positive, more passionate, less depressing and all share a “Can Do” attitude.

    Happy new year to you too

  • ay

    That’s all fine and good but it doesn’t magically turn them in to good developers.  The current state of things is embarrassing and a “can do attitude” or other cheer-leading isn’t going to change that.

  • https://launchpad.net/~mhall119 Michael Hall

    Regardless of the current state of things, a “can do attitude” is more likely to produce better outcomes than a negative attitude.

  • Ryan F. Yoo

    But unfortunately, the reason for their optimism is that they are so new to the world of software and think that leg-humping fanboyism and third rate programming skills are enough to “change the world”.

    Newsflash, hipsters, it isn’t.

  • Jeff P. Ragmatism


    The attitude of “if we can find enough barely-capable hipsters with enough blind positivity we can change the world” is so wrong and frankly also kind of pathetic.

    Anyone can busy themselves with doing bad work but it’s quality that counts. Tasteless crap just fades into the background.

    I suggest you stick to writing spaghetti-code jQuery plugins or whatever you hipsters like to do these days.

  • Martin Owens

    Do you ever use your real name? In any case, negativity prevents said programmers and/or hipsters from getting any better because they fail to try. Better to fail then to not try, although you’re doing your best to try and dissuade people from even trying. Petty nihilism at it’s worst.

  • Fred Shiteatinggrin


  • Clint Snakeoil

    Sorry, I thought that software companies who are building actual products were in the business of hiring talent.

    Are you telling me that they’re actually in the business of hiring clueless people with the hopes that they’ll some day be mediocre?Awesome strategy, bro. If you write the book, I’ll buy it.

  • Anonymous

    You may not like positive faith, but spewing negative and disrespectful attitude isn’t helping anyone.

    We may fail the race, but better to put the shoes on than bitch about the shoes.

  • Anonymous

     If fanboyism is bad, surely trolling comments such as yours are just as bad, but on the other side of the field?

  • Anonymous

     I agree with you, Martin. I think it is important for us to produce an environment in which people feel motivated to participate, and I am keen to see us do this more in 2012. I would love to hope on the phone to get some feedback from you on this.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the comment, Martin. I think we can definitely get Ubuntu into a solid stater in 2012. I do agree that we needs to optimize our community around the camaraderie and encourage and celebrate hard work, but not demand it.

  • http://twitter.com/pleia2 Elizabeth Krumbach

    Great, I’ll use this post as an excuse to assign you to grill duty at the next Geeknic :)

  • Anonymous

     Count me in! :-)

  • John (J5) Palmieri


  • Anonymous

     Heya, John! :-)

  • John (J5) Palmieri

    Woops, what I was going to say was you should check out Alton Brown’s flower pot smoker – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ka2kpzTAL8

    And you should just delete the trolls.  Criticism is one thing but trolling is up there with spam.

  • ay

    Or, sometimes the kids need to step out of the way and let real developers do the work or continue to do the work, you know, like the ones at RedHat.  Sure people’s feelings get hurt and it’s “disrespectful” but sometimes enough is enough and serious work needs to be done.

    Think about where the actually well-engineered, solid, components come from (pulseaudio, systemd, networkmanager, most kernel work, etc) and who they were developed by.  Then think about stuff like Unity and upstart that you ship.  

    You guys are making big decisions, forking and messing with big projects, and slapping things together but it’s time to look at your limitations, stop the insanity, and be willing to hurt people’s feelings in the name of doing things well. 

    Until then, keep cheer-leading, thinking happy throughts, and driving users batshit crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/EugeniaLoli Eugenia Loli-Queru

    For a healthy diet check at Paleo. I suffered for 10 years with many ailments, and Paleo fixed everything like magic. Check my blog btw, I have the whole story in there.